Neither could the Wahoo fans watching as Guy – who went public with his personal battle with anxiety after last season’s NCAA Tournament loss to University Maryland Baltimore County – calmly sank all three free throws.
“I could lie to you and say I knew I was going to hit them – but I was terrified,” said Guy, who also made a 3-pointer moments before to trim Auburn’s lead. “I had confidence in myself, but … this is what we dream of and for me to be able to do this for our team, I couldn’t be happier.”
Here’s a sampling of the reactions on Twitter:
Moments before tip-off, UVA President Jim Ryan -- who made the trip to Minneapolis to cheer on the ’Hoos, took in the scene at U.S. Bank Stadium – and had a little fun with CBS commentator Charles Barkley (an Auburn alumnus).
Hard to tell intercollegiate allegiance in this sea of orange and blue. Love the Hoo spirit among the fans. Hey, maybe even Charles Barkley is cheering for us tonight? I think I know who Ralph is cheering for. #wahoowa pic.twitter.com/jC2CUaVkLD— Jim Ryan (@presjimryan) April 6, 2019
Ryan, just like most ’Hoos fans, could hardly contain his excitement.
Fasten your seatbelts. pic.twitter.com/bsgvMLtMsQ— Jim Ryan (@presjimryan) April 6, 2019
There may be gratuitous use of all caps tonight. Please adjust your expectations accordingly.— Phony Bennett (@IfTonyTweeted) April 6, 2019
Things couldn’t have started any better for UVA. On the very first possession of the game, UVA forced Auburn into a shot-clock violation! But to the chagrin of Wahoo Nation, the ’Hoos trailed by three at halftime.
Former UVA player Norman Nolan was optimistic.
It's crazy out here! Down 3 at the half, but we're gonna turn it on. We could get used to this!! @ U.S. Bank Stadium https://t.co/jJEUIntjo9— Norman Nolan (@thebigfella25) April 6, 2019
In Charlottesville, students, faculty and fans packed the McIntire Amphitheatre for a viewing party.